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If you’re one of millions of people that start their day off with NBC’s The Today Show then you’ve probably noticed the show’s brand new look.  The set of the popular news and lifestyle program recently received a complete makeover.

The re-design was so well-received that The Today Show ran a viewer contest for a free room makeover, inspired by the set and designed with help from HGTV HOME™.

This morning our very own Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, paid a visit to hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda to reveal the winning family’s new living room (and bonus dining room).

HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott reveal Today Show viewer makeover.

Check out more from the finished makeover (and get HGTV HOME™ product info) on Pinterest.

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Guest post by Melissa Andersen, CousinsTV

As Web Content & Social Media Manager for HGTV’s Cousins, Anthony and John, I’m in the unique position to see firsthand the blood, sweat, and passion that go into each and every home renovation they tackle – whether on air or off.  When I tell people that I work with the Cousins, the first question is, nearly without fail, ‘Are they the same in real life as they are on TV?’ – and the answer is, unflinchingly, YES!

On the set of “Cousins Undercover”

 Anthony and John are the real deal – what you see is what you get. When they’re getting emotional with the people they’re helping – it’s real. When they’re stressing about a deadline or construction setback – it’s real. And when they’re laughing and joking with each other, giving us a teeny glimpse into what a meal at the Carrino/Colaneri family dinner table is like – it’s real. They’re not actors, they’re not acting, and being genuine is at the very core of who they are and what they do.

When I joined the team to help manage their social presence, it was clear from the start that a connection with their fans – a real one – was their top priority. They didn’t simply hand me the reins and walk away from their most direct touch point to the people who got them where they are today… their social media was, and still is, a joint collaboration between all three of us. They bring the love, energy, and inspiration, and I tidy it up into a neat little package that makes sense for whatever platform we’re working on, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  Our working relationship is easy because they trust my instincts and because I trust their authenticity.

The hour-long episodes of Cousins Undercover (which premieres this Sunday at 8/7c) follow Anthony and John as they navigate the unpredictable waters of surprise home makeovers in a matter of days. But the show is also about family and community – two things the Cousins know all about – and coming together to pay it forward to local heroes who have given so much of themselves, often at the price of their own needs.

More from the set of “Cousins Undercover”

We want the fans to feel like they’re part of the show. The stories of the people featured in each episode don’t stop at the end of the hour, but keep unfolding – and we want them to continue for you, too.

That’s why we’re getting super social with all you loyal Cousins fans! Not only will Anthony and John be live-tweeting every episode, but they also will be hosting LIVE Q&A sessions on Facebook (starting 10/13 and continuing for alternating episodes for the rest of the season). In the 30 minutes following the show, Anthony and John will answer your questions about that night’s episode (and even some design and renovation questions!) so you can get the inside scoop on what goes into super-sized, super-secret home renovations like you’ll see on Cousins Undercover. As usual, they’re keeping it real.

 We hope to see you there.

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If you’ve been watching HGTV lately or keeping up with us on social media, then you know we’re all “a-buzz” over the exciting new series, Cousins Undercover.

Real-life cousins and HGTV experts, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri.

Real-life cousins and renovation experts, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, seek out deserving neighborhood heroes then surprise them with amazing home makeovers.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Cousins Undercover Show Trailer.  Then make a date with the cousins, this Sunday at 8/7c on HGTV.

And make Cousins Undercover even more rewarding with the free Viggle app for your mobile device.

With Viggle you can check into your favorite shows, chat with friends, and access bonus content…all while earning real rewards just for watching.

You can even donate your rewards points to help low income homeowners in need with our partnerRebuilding Together.  Learn more about Rebuilding Together here.

Download Viggle on the App Store or Google Play.  Then check in Sunday to join the Cousins Undercover LIVE experience.  Visit Viggle.com for more information.

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We want to see your ghouls and goblins, your princesses and your pumpkins. Show off your pumpkin-carving skills and dazzle us with your Halloween decor. Share your spookiest images all month long. Tag your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pictures with #LoveHome and #LoveHalloween for a chance to be featured on HGTV.com.

HGTV DIY Halloween Costumes

Need a little Halloween inspiration? Head over to HGTV.com/Halloween for pumpkin-carving templates, DIY costumes, kids’ crafts, easy recipes and more.

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Music City, Here We Come! The second-annual HGTV Smart Home will be nestled in Duncanwood Reserve in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tenn.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown and Music Row, the English country-style, 2400-square-foot home will feature high-tech, automated components and give the homeowner better control over energy use, security, interior climate and lighting.

HGTV viewers can enter for a chance to win the home when the HGTV Smart Home 2014 Giveaway opens for entries in April 2014, and can watch the home come to life at HGTV.com/smarthome.

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Calling all Pinterest fans…join us for an exclusive event this weekend.

Now’s your chance to re-pin “never-before-pinned” photos from brand new episodes of Dear Genevieve,  the hit series with designer, Genevieve Gorder.

We’ll be pinning our favorite room makeovers LIVE as they air on HGTV.

Watch NEW episodes this Saturday (Sept 21) starting 3pmEST, and follow us on Pinterest  (hashtag #DearGenevieve) to join the party!

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Calling all Pinterest fans…you’re invited to an exclusive event this weekend.

Now’s your chance to re-pin “never-before-pinned” photos from brand new episodes of Candice Tells All,  the hit HGTV series featuring beloved design diva, Candice Olson.

We’ll be pinning our favorite room makeovers from tomorrow’s shows, LIVE as they air on HGTV.

Watch NEW episodes tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 14) starting 3pmEST and follow us on Pinterest  using hashtag #CandiceTellsAll to join the party!

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This week the popular social trends tracker, Buzzfeed, released their Top 15 Hottest Men of HGTV.  And, according to your feedback, you thought they were way off.

So, we asked you, the experts, to rank the hottest HGTV men of all time.  Here are your picks for Hottest HGTV Hotties

15.  Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie, “The Outdoor Room”

Digging Jamie?  Check out these beloved outdoor rooms from the show.

 

14.  Antonio Ballatore

Antonio Ballatore

Antonio Ballatore, “The Antonio Treatment”

Is Antonio your man?  Watch full episodes of “The Antonio Treatment” online now!

 

13.  John Colaneri

John Colaneri

John Colaneri, co-host of “Kitchen Cousins,” “Cousins on Call,” and “Cousins Undercover”

If this “Cousins” cutie is your fave, don’t miss the series premiere of Cousins Undercover October 6!

 

12.  David Bromstad

David Bromstad

David Bromstad, “Color Splash,” “HGTV Star”

Got designs on David?  Relive these vibrant transformations from the hit series, Color Splash.

 

11.  Todd Davis 

Todd Davis

Todd Davis, “Room Crashers”

Design Star finalist, the handsome Todd Davis, crashes and transforms outdated rooms across the country.

 

10.  Carter Oosterhouse

HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse

Think Carter’s swoon-worthy?  See him in action here.

 

9.  John Gidding

John Gidding

John Gidding, “Curb Appeal: The Block”

Always a fan favorite, John wins over clients and viewers with his charm and design expertise.  Browse John’s most popular Curb Appeal makeovers.

 

8.  Vern Yip

Vern Yip

Vern Yip, “HGTV Star” judge

No one can resist a family man.  Check out this photo gallery of Vern at home with his kids.

 

7.  Chip Wade

Chip Wade

Chip Wade, “Elbow Room”

Handy with a hammer, renovation expert Chip Wade would be nice to have around the house.  We love these makeovers from HGTV’s Elbow Room!

 

6.  Chris Lambton 

Chris Lambton

Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”

Chris Lambton, professional landscaper — and fan favorite on ABC’s The Bachelorette — knows a thing or two about backyard makeovers. 

 

 5.  Juan Barbieri

Juan Barbieri

Juan Barbieri, “Power Broker”

Relatively new to the HGTV family, general contractor, Juan Barbieri (HGTV’s Power Broker) is already winning hearts with his passion for design.

 

4.  Anthony Carrino

Anthony Carrino

Anthony Carrino, “Kitchen Cousins,” “Cousins on Call,” “Cousins Undercover”

Viewers have been crushing on Carrino since the launch of Kitchen Cousins , the successful kitchen renovation series co-hosted with real-life cousin, John Colaneri.  Now, with several hit shows and special appearances on air, and another big series slated to premiere in October (Cousins Undercover), fans are showing no signs of cooling down anytime soon!

 

3.  Scott McGillivray

Scott McGillivray

Scott McGillivray, “Income Property”

Dubbed “Scottie McHottie” by fans, Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Property charms viewers with his winning smile, can-do attitude, and expert renovation/design skills.

 

2.  Drew Scott 

Drew Scott

Drew Scott, “Property Brothers,” “Buying and Selling,” and “Brother Vs Brother”

It’s only fair that the other half of Property Brothers came in first runner up. As the slick-suited realtor, Drew calls himself the brain of the operation (often using his wit to slip away once construction begins!) If you love a man with smarts and style, it’s clear that Drew is your guy. Coming in 2nd place to Jonathan will sure stir up some more fun sibling rivalry – Brother vs. Brother, anyone?!

 

1.  Jonathan Silver Scott

Jonathan Silver Scott

Jonathan Silver Scott, “Property Brothers,” “Buying and Selling,” and “Brother Vs. Brother”

The masses have spoken! Yes, his smoulder is an uncanny likeness to that of a Disney prince charming, but it’s his impressive talent of turning any space into a dream home that really sweeps fans off their feet. Okay, and maybe his hair, and the fact that he’s an illusionist. Oh and his two cute dogs. And his humor. And his hair…

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This week the popular social trends tracker, Buzzfeed, released their Top 15 Hottest Men of HGTV.  And, according to feedback on our social media, some of you think they were way off the mark with their line up.

So, we decided to get the definitive Top 15 from none other than the experts, our fans.  Take the Viewers’ Choice poll below and tell us which HGTV Hottie is your pick for #1!  We’ll post the official list on Friday.
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